The Ghost - The Ghost of King Hamlet The ghost of King...

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The Ghost of King Hamlet The ghost of King Hamlet is the most important character in Shakespeare’s Hamlet . It informs Hamlet that his death was not accidental and that Claudius, his brother, poisoned him in order to become king. That single scene has such a great effect on young Hamlet that leads to an uncontrollable chain of events that no one could predict. The ghost is never given a clear description. Its appearance is left up to the reader and is open to interpretation. This is an interesting choice for Shakespeare because he usually gives detailed character descriptions either directly or through other characters. Shakespeare intended that this character be ambiguous. He raises the question of whether the ghost even exists and if it actually speaks to Hamlet or if it is simply Hamlet’s conscious manifesting itself. Hamlet is the only person it speaks to, and even he questions whether it is real. In doubting the ghost’s validity, Hamlet hesitates in killing his uncle, and instead decides to authenticate the ghost’s claim and subsequently mess with
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